University of Idaho Homecoming Marches on Amid COVID-19
September 30, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 30, 2020 — While the 112th homecoming at the University of Idaho in October may have a bit of a “stay-at-homecoming” feel due to the pandemic, several activities are planned to make the celebration meaningful and fun.
Familiar events such as the 71st annual blood drive, canned food drive, royalty crowning and fireworks will take place throughout the week from Sunday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 10, The theme is “Sweet Home U of I.”
“Our committee is incredibly excited to continue Vandal traditions this year during this difficult time,” said Elizabeth Marshall, homecoming committee chair. “We are most excited to harness Vandal pride on campus to show our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community our strength and dedication to the Vandal Family.”
Food drive locations are available throughout the Moscow community and will benefit local food banks and the Vandal Food Pantry. The “Food Fight” drive will be a monthlong campaign to help fight food insecurity. Online donations are also accepted at uandigive.uidaho.edu/project/22659.
Virtual engagement opportunities include a virtual 5K fun run, trivia nights and scavenger hunt. Royalty will be crowned at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, during a small ceremony. The crowning will be broadcast live on Facebook and Instagram at #IdahoHomecoming.
The week culminates in the Idaho Central Credit Union Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Guy Wicks Field. Attendees are encouraged to park along Perimeter Drive or sit within the safety zone of the complex, wear masks and social distance. Attendees of the drive-in movie before the fireworks are encouraged to stay parked in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center parking lot to watch the display.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our committee leadership to think outside of the normal homecoming schedule and traditions,” Marshall said. “It has also challenged us to adapt to unexpected changes and to be flexible. For myself, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged me to think of what homecoming really means outside of in-person events and traditions. It has made me realize that Vandal pride can be shown in so many different ways and is stronger than any obstacle thrown at our community.”
For a full schedule of events and more involvement opportunities, visit uidaho.edu/homecoming.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu